Proximity Sensing Textile as A Wearable Aid to Orientation and Mobility for Individuals with Visual Impairments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: H133S060100
Agency Tracking Number: H133S050133
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: 84.133S-2
Small Business Information
Science, Math & Engineering, Inc.
45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Michael L
 (978) 663-9500
Business Contact
 Michael Burns
Phone: (978) 663-9500
Research Institution
The project continues development of Proximity Sensing Textile as a wearable, electronic travel mobility aid tht preserves the comfort, appearance, and dignity of everyday apparel. Proximity Sensing Textile is a smart textile array of infrared sensors embedded in conventional clothng tht detects and reports hazards such as drop-offs, overhangs, and jutting objects to the wearer. The clothing supplies hazards avoidance cues to the wearer that complement orientation, mobility, and navigation information accessible to the wearer from wayfinding systems, be they infrared, GPS, or radio technology based. In Phase 2, a textile is being developed that actively interrogates the immediate environnment of the wearer for hazards and reports them through cues designed into the clothing. Commercial applications exist for individuals with mobility impairments who have difficulty scanning the physical enviroment because of range of motion limitations such as people with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, spinal bifida, or other disabilities.

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